The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Cape Town is taking place at the recently opened Cape Town International Convention Centre 2, from 17 to 19 September 2018. It will see thousands of chief information officers (CIOs) and senior executives from South Africa, Africa, Europe and the US gather to explore the strategic trends and technologies that are driving digital transformation and shaping the future of IT and business alike.
In the opening keynote address, which took place on Monday, 17 September 2018, representatives from Gartner connected the dots on the digital journey - from culture to technologies, to strategy to operating models. How and and what can you do to adapt to a world of continuous change? And what does the future hold?
Technology has and continues to be embedded in everything in the digital business of the future. Rich digital services will be delivered to everything and intelligence will be embedded in everything behind the scenes.
Think about how far your business has come in the last five years, or even your career and the transformation that has taken place. Perhaps you have shifted into cloud computing or improving business value through the use of IT in your business.
Some of these changes may have come to your organisation gradually, strategically or unexpectedly, forcing you and your business teams to react quickly to what's next.
And now you face the prospect of digital transformation. Impacting not only the IT organisation, but the entire enterprise, and not only how information is managed but also impacting on how the business value is generated.
If you pursue the right strategy and rapidly adapt to what's next, you will be able to deal with sustained and rapid change, using the approach that Gartner calls ContinuousNext.
It begins with mindsets accepting and embracing perpetual change. Mindsets lead to new practices, which are then amplified by technology. Leading to new capabilities, which when applied, yield new results - continuously and with increasing momentum.ContinuousNext relates to culture; privacy; augmented intelligence, where humans and learning machines work together; as well as product management, as a discipline and Digital Twin.